Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
A way always leads somewhere: Jesus is the way from earth to heaven and also from heaven to earth. Through Him we get to God and through Him God comes to us. He is the true and only ladder whose foot rests on the earth and whose top reaches up to the very glory of God. In His humanity Jesus comes down to the lowest depths of human need and sorrow. Had He been God only and not man, He could not have done this. The incarnation was the lowering of the ladder until it rested in the deepest valleys. There is now no shame or guilt in this world from which there is not a ladder of light with its steps leading upward to God and heaven..
While Christ‘s humanity brings the ladder down to earth’s places of sorest need, His divinity carries the ladder up past the shining stars into the the glory of God. On one page of the New Testament we find Jesus on a cross, dying in darkness and shame between criminals. We open another page and we see that same Jesus in the midst of the heavenly brightness, still bearing the wound marks but crowned in glory. Behold the ladder from earth to heaven!
A ladder is a way for people to climb. Christ is the way then by which sinners can go up out of their sins to the purity and blessing of heaven. One thing that is critical to understand is that there is only one way. Christ is the only Mediator. We can enter the Father’s family only through Him. Grace can come to us only through Him. There is no choice: if we do not go by this one way we can never reach home. We must not forget that a way is meant to be walked in. We must put our feet on this ladder and go up rung by rung until we reach the topmost step which will be heaven.